The team at Nyaru Menteng also operates a rescue service and has rescued over 300 wild orangutans.
With the orangutan’s habitat being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, orangutans have insufficient food and have no option but to eat the young leaves of the oil palm.
Orangutans find themselves as the number one enemy of the plantation companies, some of which will encourage local people to kill the orangutans and reward them with Rp 150,000 per head.
The companies will also bulldoze small pockets of remaining forest which may be serving as a refuge for orangutans.
Currently 90% of orangutans under the age of three at Nyaru Menteng have been rescued from areas of oil palm development.
BOS Foundation works co-operatively with the Ministry of Forestry to try and change these practices.
In the interim, the displaced orangutans are captured, given a medical check up and reintroduced after any necessary rehabilitation.
Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project